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Back to Africa: Tough Questions from African Youth

It may come as surprise that I spent more time at shopping malls while traveling in Africa than I ever do—and maybe ever have—in the United States. I averaged at least two visits to the mall every week during my

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Back to Africa: the Worst of Times

Sorting through photos and reading Karmen’s stories about our Africa trip made me realize just how tough it was during that first week of travel. I honestly wasn’t sure we were going to make it. Endless days. Sleepless nights. We

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Through Kitengela’s looking glass

Hanging chandelier made from eyeglass lenses. From a Flickr set by Ruth Terry. Located just outside Nairobi, Kenya, a visit to Kitengela Glass is like falling down the rabbit hole to another world. Artists repurpose unused glass from construction sites and

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Don’t forget the elephants: Conservation in Kenya

One of the most positive experiences I had in Africa was visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Located just outside Nairobi, Kenya, the Trust rescues elephants and rhinos orphaned by drought, famine and ivory poaching. Humans can learn a lot from elephants.

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Back to Africa: My First Week in Kenya

One of the first cultural differences we noticed at the caravan pre-conference was the absolutely in-defatiguable enthusiasm of the African participants. They take absolutely every opportunity to break into lively song and dance—regardless of the hour (thank God for earplugs!)

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Back to Africa: A Trip Down Memory Lane

I recently started a physical scrapbook of my journey through Africa and I thought I’d do a virtual scrapbook of sorts here. Over the next few weeks look out for “Back to Africa” stories—remixes of some of my favorite posts

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